Saturday, April 5, 2008

Yahoo! News - Film legend Charlton Heston dead at 84 - RIP

From Yahoo! News:

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Film legend Charlton Heston dead at 84

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84.

The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.

Powers declined to comment on the cause of death or provide further details.

"Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played," Heston's family said in a statement. "No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country."

Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease, saying, "I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure."

With his large, muscular build, well-boned face and sonorous voice, Heston proved the ideal star during the period when Hollywood was filling movie screens with panoramas depicting the religious and historical past. "I have a face that belongs in another century," he often remarked.


Heston lent his strong presence to some of the most acclaimed and successful films of the midcentury. "Ben-Hur" won 11 Academy Awards, tying it for the record with the more recent "Titanic" (1997) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Heston's other hits include: "The Ten Commandments," "El Cid," "55 Days at Peking," "Planet of the Apes" and "Earthquake."

He liked to the cite the number of historical figures he had portrayed:

Andrew Jackson ("The President's Lady," "The Buccaneer"), Moses ("The Ten Commandments"), title role of "El Cid," John the Baptist ("The Greatest Story Ever Told"), Michelangelo ("The Agony and the Ecstasy"), General Gordon ("Khartoum"), Marc Antony ("Julius Caesar," "Antony and Cleopatra"), Cardinal Richelieu ("The Three Musketeers"), Henry VIII ("The Prince and the Pauper").


Then his greatest role: "Ben-Hur."

Heston wasn't the first to be considered for the remake of 1925 biblical epic. Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster and Rock Hudson had declined the film. Heston plunged into the role, rehearsing two months for the furious chariot race.

He railed at suggestions the race had been shot with a double: "I couldn't drive it well, but that wasn't necessary. All I had to do was stay on board so they could shoot me there. I didn't have to worry; MGM guaranteed I would win the race."


Battlestar Galactica - Video: 'Six of One" Trailer

Battlestar Galactica - Katee Sackhoff Audio Interview


Interview with Katee Sackhoff (Amazon Wire #68- April 03, 2008)

23:02 in length.

Kavan Smith - Video - The Crow: Stairway to Heaven - 'Disclosure'

Stargate Atlantis - 5pm Weekday Rotation Episodes week Apr 7

The Stargate Atlantis 5pm Weekday rotation episodes for the week of April 7 2008:

4/07/2008 5:00P STARGATE ATLANTIS THE GIFT Guest stars include: Claire Rankin (Dr. Kate Heightmeyer), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Ben Cotton (Dr. Cavanaugh), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), James Lafazanos (Wraith) and Chuck Campbell

4/08/2008 5:00P STARGATE ATLANTIS THE SIEGE - PART 1 - Guest stars include: Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Dean Marshall (Bates), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka) abd Craig Veroni (Grodin)

4/09/2008 5:00P STARGATE ATLANTIS THE SIEGE - PART 2 - Guest stars include: Clayton Landey (Colonel Dillon Everett), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett) and David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka)

4/10/2008 5:00P STARGATE ATLANTIS THE SIEGE - PT 3 - Guest stars include: Ellie Harvie (Dr. Lindsey Novak), Clayton Landey (Colonel Dillon Everett), David Nykl (Dr. Radek Zelenka) and Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Steven Caldwell)

4/11/2008 5:30P STARGATE ATLANTIS THE INTRUDER - Guest stars include: Beau Bridges (General Hank Landry), Garwin Sanford (Simon Wallis), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka) and Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Steven Caldwell)

Battlestar Galactica - SciFi Guys: Nicki Clyne Audio Interview Apr 9

From The SciFi Guys:

Broadcasting Wednesday April 9 at 8pm (GMT), the SciFi Guys, with an audio interview of Battlestar Galactic's Nicki Clyne (Crewman Specialist Cally Tyrol).

The audio interview should be available for download the following weekend.

Battlestar Galactica - SciFi Guys: Audio Interview Part 2 Bear McCreary

From The SciFi Guys:

Part two of The SciFi Guys interview with Battlestar Galactica's composer Bear McCreary is available for download at:

The Simpsons: Video - 'Dial N for Nerder'

The Sarah Jane Adventures - Premieres Fri Apr 11 on SciFi Channel (US)

"The Sarah Jane Adventures" premieres Friday April 11 at 8:00pm on the SciFi Channel (US).

From a NBCU Press Release:

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NEW YORK - February 4, 2008 - SCI FI Channel has acquired the fourth season of People's Choice Award-nominated Doctor Who and the phenomenally popular series' new spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures from BBC Worldwide America. Both series are slated to premier on SCI FI in April 2008.

The Sarah Jane Adventures is written and produced by the same creative team behind Doctor Who, including multi-award winning writer Russell T. Davies. Having traveled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane is used to alien encounters. Accompanied by her new young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde, she becomes embroiled in an offbeat world of mystery and danger.

Sarah Jane (Elizabeth Sladen)

Luke (Thomas Knight)

Maria Jackson (Yasmin Paige)

Clyde (Daniel Anthony)

Chrissie Jackson (Juliet Cowan)

David Hewlett - A Dog's Breakfast - NEW Video Promo!

From David Hewlett's blog update for April 4, 2008:

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Barking Great!

Written by dgeek

Friday, 04 April 2008

Quick post...much Atlantis shooting to be've got to see what RoddyShadow has done with "The Bark of Truth"...the Stargate "Ark of Truth" tribute trailer for "A Dog's Breakfast"...Bloody Genius...RoddyShadow you are now my new best friend!


Stargate SG-1 - The Book Swede & His Blog: Karen Miller Interview

From The Book Swede & His Blog:

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Saturday, 5 April 2008

Interview with Karen Miller...

Karen Miller's latest novel, the first in her new trilogy will be published by Orbit this summer. I've chatted to Karen before about her previous duology, the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series which I really enjoyed. She kindly agreed to let me question her some more, about Empress and other things...

A brief excerpt:

Q: You've recently written a Stargate novel (a series I really need to watch more of at some point...): could you tell us a little about the novel, and how this came about?

KM: "The most recent Stargate novel I wrote was 'Do No Harm'. That's due for publication in May 2008, I believe. Do No Harm is set at the end of season 3 (I'm a super fan of the earlier seasons). It's a stand-alone adventure that also has a connection to one of my all-time favourite episodes ever, A Matter of Time (from season 2, in which we get to learn a few very significant things about Jack O'Neill, and have a tragic ending, which I love!). It also introduces a one-off character from season 7, who for various reasons has become a bit of a fan favourite. I know I loved him, which is why I included him. Anyhow -- Do No Harm is the story of what happens to SG-1 and Doctor Janet Fraiser when they find themselves in the middle of a medical crisis on a planet that Washington deems a high priority target. It's also about Jack and how he has, or hasn't, dealt with what happened in A Matter of Time. It was a lot of fun to write, but it was also very hard, because it involved actual science. There's a reason I write fantasy novels -- I don't do science! So this was a killer. But I think it works, and I think it did me good to really push myself, in terms of the scientific content. Plus I just have the most fun playing in that sandbox, with those characters. I love them."

Stargate Novels

Stargate: Universe - GateWorld: Stargate Universe Revealed!

From GateWorld:

Stargate Universe Revealed!


EXCLUSIVE: Creator Brad Wright gives GateWorld the scoop on the premise for the third Stargate TV series.

A brief excerpt:

After much waiting, fans finally have the first solid info on just what Stargate Universe is all about! The third live-action television series in the Stargate franchise has been in the concept stage for more than a year now, and is being conceived by Stargate Atlantis co-creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper.

Battlestar Galactica - Video: 'He That Believeth in Me'

Mark Dacascos - Video: The Crow: Staiway to Heaven - 'Through a Dark Circle'

Stargate: Continuum - GateWorld: Trailer Shown at Vancouver Con

From GateWorld:

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Stargate: Continuum on DVD July 29


Writer-producer Brad Wright tells GateWorld about the upcoming SG-1 DVD movie!

A brief excerpt:

The trailer for Continuum will make its world premiere Saturday at the official Stargate convention in Vancouver, and should appear online soon thereafter. (Watch GateWorld Play right here on the site! You will see the trailer as soon as we can bring it to you.)

Stargate SG-1 - Special edition of SG-1 pilot episode in the works

From GateWorld:

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Special edition of SG-1 pilot episode in the works


EXCLUSIVE: The Stargate SG-1 pilot movie "Children of the Gods" is going to be remade as a special edition DVD movie.

A brief excerpt:

The special edition will not simply be a new cut, but a complete reworking of the film from original footage shot in 1997 -- plus some updates to the visual effects...